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Catalyst’s Project-Based Learning and Professional Development Impact Social Emotional Learning in the Classroom

Imagine a classroom where talented adults no longer sit on the sidelines of public education, but share with equally passionate teachers their real world experiences and expose students in low-income communities to new career pathways.

Citizen Schools’ Catalyst, a new delivery model for apprenticeship-style learning, is making that vision a reality by helping to transform middle school learning by bringing its evidence-based Expanded Learning Time model – the STEM apprenticeship – to the classroom during the school day. Through this innovative approach, Catalyst will provide lower cost, more scalable tools and resources for teachers to implement project-based STEM education in classrooms nationwide.

The grant from All Points North Foundation will support recruitment, training, and working with teachers and volunteers in New York City as Citizen Schools expands its footprint to bring authentic, project-based learning to life in science classrooms during the traditional school day rather than after-school. Informed by a pilot and rigorous evaluation, the Catalyst model intentionally unites four core programmatic elements to support science teachers and expert volunteers in creating engaging, high-quality learning experiences for underserved students in STEM topics.

Through this program, project-based STEM curricula is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards; teachers benefit from professional development including personalized coaching; student assessments help prioritize student social emotional learning skills and teachers and volunteers are matched through a data base and support services to ensure a successful collaboration.

Teachers are optimistic that Catalyst can impact students’ social emotional learning, collaborative problem solving and self efficacy skills and position them to thrive confidently in the 21st century.

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